Tennessee Bill Would Require Schools to Out Gay Kids to Parents

Stacey Campfield (Source: State of Tennessee)

Stacey Campfield (Source: State of Tennessee)

Last year, Texas State Senator Stacey Campfield pushed legislation that would forbid the discussion of homosexuality in sex education courses between kindergarten and eighth grade. The bill appeared set to become law until it was discovered that there were not any sex education courses until after eighth grade. Legislators pushing the bill, who are strongly pro-abstinence, dropped their efforts to get it passed because they feared it might open the door to teachers actually talking about sex to K-8 students. The legislature had debated the issue for two years.

While Campfield and his allies could not find an imaginary gay agenda to attack, they did add further clarity to the definition “stupid.”

Campfield, a noted homophobe, is back this year with a new anti-gay law for the schools. Campfield emphasized that his legislative focus on homosexuality comes from his belief that it is a health and safety danger.

Campfield’s new efforts are to encourage counseling by school officials of anyone that they suspect of being gay. The counseling sounds a lot like gay conversion efforts. Then, just to add a bit more insult to a young person’s developing sexuality, the school would be required to notify the parents that their child is gay.

Campfield’s bill, known as the “Classroom Protection Act,” also contains similar language to last year’s bill. It forbids teaching in K-8 that is “inconsistent with natural human reproduction…as inappropriate.” This year, Campfield’s bill adds that nothing in it is meant to actually encourage the teaching of sex to kids that age anyway.

The bill also states that human sexuality is “best explained and discussed within the home.” That doesn’t mean it forbids sex education, just the non-heterosexual stuff. And anything that doesn’t promote abstinence as the only path.

Ironically, Campfield uses this language in the first part of the bill, and then proceeds to encourage school officials to counsel “a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and wellbeing of the student or another person.”

In other words, the bill doesn’t want the word “gay” mentioned to K-8 kids because it should be left at home discussions, unless the kid acts gay, then school must intercede.

This counseling is supposed to be done in consultation with the parents, but parents that don’t have a problem with their child being gay are easily dismissed. The bill states that the counseiling will be done “wherever possible” with the parents.

The bill doesn’t even require that parents be notified prior to counseling, just that the “Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.

So much for the part that human sexuality is “best explained and discussed within the home.”

The right of schools to intervene in the sexual orientation of a child is not just an infringement on the right of every child to develop as he or she is programmed genetically, but as Campfield states it is a “danger” to themselves. The difference is that Campfield sees homosexuality as the danger. The real danger is schools informing parents that their child is gay or lesbian when the parents have not accepted it themselves.

A recent study found that 43% of homeless kids were forced out of the home because of sexual orientation or gender identity issues.

At best, Campfield’s bill will cause major psychological conflicts on gay kids. At worst, it is going to have them kicked into the streets where they will have little choice but to turn to prostitution or be preyed upon by criminals.

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